Courses at HKS

Courses at Harvard

Select Projects at HKS

  • The Atlas of Economic Complexity is an interactive, powerful data visualization tool developed by the Harvard Growth Lab at the Center for International Development. It allows users to explore global traffic flows across markets, track dynamics over time, and consider new growth opportunities by country.
  • The Cyber Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is an interdisciplinary initiative to explore how developments in the field of cybersecurity will shape international conflict.
  • Data-Smart City Solutions is an initiative by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation which "aims to help catalyze local government use of data, analytics and civic engagement technology." They answer the question, "How can data and analytics be used to enhance city operations?" with their Catalog of Civic Data Use Cases.
  • Defending Digital Democracy is a project of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs that aims to develop strategies, tools, and technology to protect democratic processes and systems from cyber and information attacks.
  • The Technology and Democracy Fellowship is part of an initiative by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation to practically explore technology's role in improving democratic governance. Over the course of the fellowship, participants design, develop, or refine a substantive project that is salient to their field.
  • The Technology and Public Purpose Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs aims to ensure that emerging technologies are developed and managed in ways that serve the overall public good.
  • The Technology and Social Change Research Project at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is an initiative aimed at understanding media manipulation as a means to control public conversation, derail democracy, and disrupt society, through the development of research and implementable tools.

Select Projects at Harvard

Other Websites and Projects

  • DataONE is a community-driven program that aggregates and provides access to data across repositories, and promotes best practices in data management through educational resources and materials.
  • Data USA is a project out of the MIT Media Lab which allows you to explore and visualize U.S. public data.
  • Gapminder provides data and visualization for the countries and many territories for various socio-economic indicators with sources cited in some cases back to the early 1800s.
  • Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone (GDELT) Project gathers news events related to conflict and political protest dating back to 1979. It is fed new data through various global news services daily, and launched a dashboard in 2014 to visualize all data on a map of the world.
  • Internet Crossroads in Social Science is a website hosted by the Data and Information Services Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It includes more than 1,000 annotated links to data-related sites on the Internet.
  • LIS Cross-National Data Center "collects and harmonises microdatasets from upper- and middle-income countries and places them on a secure server. Microdata that would otherwise be incomparable, or impossible to access, are thus made available to researchers world-wide." Requires registration and statistical programming knowledge in SAS, SPSS or Stata.
  • Our World in Data is a site created by an economist at the University of Oxford aimed at visualizing how societies around the world are changing based on data on poverty, violence health, education, the environment and more.
  • Quandl is a data-aggregation site that provides access to roughly 7,000,000 indicators taken from multiple open, publicly-available sources such as government agencies (domestic and foreign) and international organizations.
  • Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web links to official government statistical offices in more than 140 countries and to international agency websites.
  • USAFacts provides access to government data, created by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.